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Salzburg, City of Music. The Salzburg Myth | second floor

The re-installation of the music instrument collection augments the already existent permanent exhibition “The Salzburg Myth” on the second floor of the Neue Residenz by the aspect of Salzburg as a city of music.

Salzburg has been described by the author Hermann Bahr as music transformed into stone. The city became world-famous through the film “The Sound of Music”. Celebrated as the city of Mozart and the Festival, it is synonymous with music. Salzburg, the city of music, is the starting point for this presentation. The Salzburg Museum’s historical musical instruments are the protagonists in a scenario spotlighting selected events in the musical history of Salzburg. It tells of the music, the performance locations, outstanding personalities and special events. But it also testifies to the power and glamour of Salzburg’s prince archbishops, and to the growing self-assurance of the Salzburg citizens.

Thanks to the cooperation with the Mozarteum University of Salzburg, the historical musical instruments are not only displayed as originals but also come to audio-visual life in film footage. By integrating modern media, the visitors are invited to explore the real settings of the city of music, which in turn act as another starting point for the exhibition programme. The exhibition does not keep to a chronologically linear narrative mode, but puts the focus on selected key phenomena in music history. 

The cooperation with the Mozarteum University of Salzburg already started in 2012 and will continue after the opening of the exhibition in 2015 until 2018, thanks to subsidies from the University Structural Development Funding of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

Curator: Mag. Barbara Hagen-Walther, B. Phil.

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